July 2020

29Jul(Jul 29)10:00 AM02Aug(Aug 2)1:00 PM2020 Family Retreat LOTTERY(July 29) 10:00 AM - (August 2) 1:00 PM Upper Retreat Hall Teacher(s): Kate Munding; Ofosu Jones-Quartey; Abhayagiri Monastic - Tan Pesalo; TBD No prerequisite

Event Details

Dates: Wednesday, July 29, 3:00pm – Sunday, August 2, 11:30am; 4 nights.
Per Adult Sliding Scale: $1500-$650; Per Child Sliding Scale: $900-$450; PLUS a donation to the teacher(s) and retreat staff. Code 370R20.
Lottery is now open and closes at 5:00pm on March 31.

Pre-requisite: At least one parent/caregiver in each family needs to have sat one or more silent residential retreats or equivalent retreat experience. If you do not have this experience, please check Spirit Rock’s calendar for a list of upcoming retreats; we welcome you to apply for registration for any of our residential retreats.

Retreat Description:
This popular retreat will include family activities, young people’s groups, a parent program and free time. Dharma activities include songs, stories, skits, games, art, time on the land, a campfire, council practice, parent discussions, meditation for all and dharma talks. The Family Retreat is a true retreat experience that brings us face-to-face with our own experience and may bring up deep emotions.

In support of our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Plan, Spirit Rock prioritizes families of color and diverse family groups in creating the Family Retreat experience. We also prioritize Spirit Rock Family Program Council members in honor of their service and to enhance the retreat experience for others.

Financial assistance is available for all Spirit Rock residential retreats. Our scholarship rate is $40/night and available for all those with financial hardship with special funds allocated to People of Color (POC), folks with serious medical conditions, and young adults (age 18-26). Scholarship funding is offered on a first-come, first-serve basis. Scholarships are budgeted per retreat and because they are in high demand, can run out quickly. We encourage you to register for a retreat as close as possible to the registration opening date (lotteries are an exception).

Lottery Details:
The lottery opens on February 25 and closes on March 31.

All families must apply online. In an effort to save our planet’s trees, we will not be providing a link for a downloadable form. No retreat fees will be collected at this time; it is purely registration for the lottery portion of the process.

Applicants will be notified by email of their status in late April. Please refrain from calling before this deadline. If you are selected in the lottery, you will be sent an email with special instructions on how to register and pay your retreat fees. If you end up on a waiting list, you will be notified of your position on the list.

General Information

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Also, please remember that the cost above is priced as a sliding scale. Please consider paying at the highest level of the sliding scale that you can afford. This allows others who need to pay less the opportunity to attend. Fee is for room and board. Teaching and staffing of the retreats is by donation at the end of the retreat. For more information, see Retreat FAQ.


  • Kate Munding

    Kate Munding

    View Kate's upcoming programs or profile.

  • Ofosu Jones-Quartey

    Ofosu Jones-Quartey

    View Ofosu's upcoming programs or profile.

  • Tan Pesalo

    Tan Pesalo

    Tan Pesalo was born in Japan and grew up in South Pasadena, California. While at university, he found a book about Buddhism on a friend’s shelf and the teachings resonated deeply. Upon graduating, Tan Pesalo accepted an invitation from a friend to travel to Thailand. After enjoying a ten-day meditation retreat there, he spent further time at monasteries in Thailand, Southern California, and England. After training for a year as an Anāgārika and approximately a year as a Sāmaṇera, Tan Pesalo was ordained as a Bhikkhu on June 2, 2012 at Abhayagiri Buddhist Monastery with Ajahn Pasanno as his preceptor.